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Black History Month Celebrated with Impressive Ceremony
at Markham Town Centre

(Feb.27.07) Markham brought its celebration of Black History Month to an impressive culmination on February 26 with a special ceremony held in the Council Chamber. Fourteen distinguished citizens, from a wide range of professions and community involvements, received awards of achievement.

The event was presided over by Town Councillor Jack Heath who stated that the celebration of Black History Month had become an important part of the city's life. Mayor Frank Scarpitti praised the contributions to our municipal, provincial and national life by Canadians of Black heritage.

Before the formal part of the ceremony began, the gathering was treated to the music of renowned saxophonist Dave McLaughlin. Another special treat, just prior to the awards presentation, was a performance and demonstration of African drums by students from Parkview Public School, under the direction of teacher Maggie Birtch.

Dr. Joseph Kurantsin-Mills paid tribute to the achievements of a number of remarkable individuals of African heritage, from the fields of politics, diplomacy, medicine and technology.

This year's award recipients were chosen from a group of selected nominees by the Markham African Caribbean Association Black History Awards committee, chaired by Heather Christian-Simmonds.

The first to receive his award from Mayor Scarpitti was Mr. Denham Jolly, President and CEO of FLOW 93.5, Canada's first black radio station, who then made a valedictory address on behalf of all the award recipients.

Denham Jolly
President & CEO of FLOW 93.5,
Canada's first black radio station
Bernice Carnegie
Executive Director,
Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation
Eddie Grant
Veteran Photo Journalist
Erica Broomfield
Top Female Sprinter at 200m in Canada
Pamela Bishop
Community Volunteer / Substitute Teacher,
York Catholic District School Board
Joseph Kurantsin-Mills
Research Scientist and Visions
of Science Board member
Evra Trought-Pitters
Teacher, Toronto District School Board
Veronica Robinson
Principal, York Catholic District School Board
Archbishop Dr. Deloris Seiveright
Founder and President of the Shouters
National Evangelical Spiritual Baptist Faith
International Centre of Canada
Police Constable Patrick Brown
York Regional Police, School Liaison Officer
Joy Kurantsin-Mills accepted the award
on behalf of
Dr. Francis Jeffers,
Scientist and Executive Director
of Visions of Science
Marilyn Thomas accepted the award
on behalf of
Dr. Winston Klass,
VP of Ipsos Reid Statistical Services,
Board Chairman of Visions of Science
Edson Thomas accepted the award
on behalf of
Vicky Brooks-Johnson,
Science Teacher,
Toronto District School Board
Prescott Harrison accepted the
Lifetime Achievement Award

on behalf of
Judge Pamela Appelt,
First female Afro-Caribbean Canadian
Citizenship Judge

Chief of Police of York Region Armand La Barge
(second from left) was present, along with
Inspector Paul Pederson (left) and
Acting Superintendent Robertson Rouce (far right)
to show their appreciation for the award that
Constable Patrick Brown would soon be receiving.
International Saxophonist Dave McLaughlin
opened the festivity with his haunting virtuosity.
Mildred Mpindu sang the Canadian National
Anthem and Black National Anthem.
Kieron Kawano and Arnel Scott
presided over the distribution of the awards.
Town Councillor Jack Heath
served as MC for the event.
Heather Christian-Simmonds
executive member of Markham African Caribbean Association (MACA),
Black History Awards chairperson
Ruth Mckenzie-Liddie
executive member of MACA
Gris Liddie
executive member of MACA

photos by Grant Weaver

 

 


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